New Zealanders who have been using mobile phones to access financial services and other services are being encouraged to start using their smart phones as an alternative to traditional paper documents.
The new Lifesharing Education Fund will be funded by the Government with a commitment to “develop and build innovative educational and financial services for New Zealand citizens”.
The $5 billion fund will also support the introduction of a mobile payment system.
“New Zealanders are facing a massive opportunity to improve their quality of life through innovative, affordable and secure digital education,” Minister of Education Maori Mairead Mowat said in a statement.
“This new funding will enable us to provide more innovative and useful digital services to more Kiwis and to make them more confident to access these services.”
New Zealand’s mobile payment services are already a success.
The Government has already invested more than $1.1 billion in the mobile payment industry and plans to spend another $1 billion over five years.
In addition to providing financial services to Kiwis, the Lifeshared Education Fund also aims to improve the digital learning experience of students.
Auckland University Technology and Education research fellow Miho Noga said there was a real opportunity for students to learn more about the world through the internet.
“There are lots of things we need to learn about.
How are people buying, who is buying them, what are the people buying from,” she said.
“And that’s what we want to be able to teach students about in the future.”
Noga said that students could start using the mobile applications to do things like buy goods and services.
“There’s lots of different things that students can learn through mobile apps.
And that will open up their mind and their heart to learning more,” she added.
While students will be able access the funds from their smartphones, the Government says it will also create an online portal for learners to buy and sell goods and use the Lifeline.
The new fund is part of a $3.2 billion investment in digital learning, education and digital economy, which the Government has set aside for the coming year.
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